The County of Santa Clara
California

Agreement/Amendment
81577

Approve Agreement with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation relating to the Parolee Reentry Services Program at the Santa Clara County Reentry Resource Center increasing the maximum contract amount to $3,587,784 for a 24-month period through June 30, 2018, that has been reviewed and approved by County Counsel as to form and legality.

Information

Department:Office of the County ExecutiveSponsors:
Category:Agreement

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. Agreement with CDCR - Leg File 81577

Body

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS

There will be no impact to the General Fund as a result of these recommendations. The Board approved the initial agreement and allocation for FY 2014 and FY 2015 on February 25, 2014 and the first amendment on January 27, 2015.  This Agreement will extend the term of the initial agreement and add California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) revenues and expenses of $1,793,892 for FY 2016/17 and $1,793,892 for FY 2017/18.

 

CONTRACT HISTORY

The Board initially approved establishment of the Parolee Reentry Services Program (Program) at the Reentry Resource Center (RRC) on February 25, 2014, and the contract was executed on March 18, 2014 to June 30, 2015, with CDCR revenues and expenses of $787,674 for FY 2014 and $1,793,892 in FY 2015. The first amendment was approved on January 27, 2016 to extend the agreement to June 30, 2016 with CDCR revenues and expenses of $1,793,892. CDCR is now proposing a new agreement rather than an amendment.

 

REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATION

The CDCR is providing funds to the County to continue the Parolee Reentry Services Program (Program) at the Santa Clara County Reentry Resource Center (RCC) to serve parolees within Santa Clara County.  This will allow the Program to fund nine (9) existing FTEs and one (1) proposed position in the County Executive’s Office of Reentry Services and Behavioral Health Services Department that offer reentry services to at least 200 recently released parolees annually.  The Program provides a one-stop resource center where parolees will be able to access reentry services such as transitional housing, substance abuse counseling, food assistance, clothing, and mentoring post-release, linkage to the Faith Reentry Collaborative where they can connect with three faith-based resource centers for fellowship, mentorship, and community resources, and assistance to enroll for general assistance and health benefits.  From April 2015 to April 2016, the Parolee team received 1,300 referrals from State Parole Agents, an average of 25 referrals weekly.  Of the 1,300 referrals, 360 parolees were enrolled in the Program, 32 graduated in 2015, and 59 accessed transitional housing services. By the end of June 2016 the Program will accommodate 83 parolees on any given day reaching full capacity and will graduate 30 parolees. 

 

Included in this funding is the addition of a .5 FTE alternately staffed Management Analyst/Associate Management Analyst B/A position. In order to implement the Program, successfully prepare service linkages for the participants, process the referrals from Parole Agents and comply with new data requirements from CDCR, staff recommends adding this position in the County Executive’s Office of Reentry Services.  Typical tasks for this position will include:

·        Assist with processing intake assessments and referrals to programs;

·        Enter data and monitor quality assurance for Automated Reentry Management System (ARMS) Data System;

·        Develop Reports for onsite Partner service linkages from RRC Client Data System;

·        Develop and provide training for RRC Client Data System-Interim Referral Tracking System; and

·         Coordinate RRC Lobby support for high volume days for Parolee visits;

·        Develop on going policy and procedures for onsite partners serving Parolee clients and client registration at RRC;

·        Prepares and presents factual and statistical data and makes recommendations in written, graphic and oral form; and

·         Makes verbal presentations of study findings/recommendations to department and County management
 

Employee Services Agency (ESA) supports this recommendation.

 

CHILD IMPACT

The recommended action impacts the Children Living in Safe and Stable Families indicator. Continued support to help offenders reconnect with their families locally and to receive services needed to reduce recidivism will have a positive impact on children and families in the County.

SENIOR IMPACT

The recommended action positively impacts our senior community because it demonstrates the Board of Supervisors’ support of the continued efforts by the Administration to help offenders with their families locally and to receive services needed to reduce recidivism.

SUSTAINABILITY IMPLICATIONS

The recommended action will have no/neutral sustainability implications.

BACKGROUND

On June 21, 2011 the Board of Supervisors approved the cross-system Reentry Network to identify reentry and recidivism strategies, streamline processes to link inmates to effective in-custody and community-based programming, and prepare Santa Clara County for the realignment of parolees and low-level prisoners.  The enactment of AB 109, the Public Safety Realignment Act of 2011, shifted state prisoners to California counties where they will serve their jail sentence. This legislative change created an opportunity for the County to modify systems and protocols to accommodate a new offender population and create new strategies while learning from the experience of the first year of AB 109 implementation.

On February 25, 2014 the Board of Supervisors approved an Agreement with CDCR relating to providing programs and services to assist in reintroducing parolees back to their respective communities, family systems, and other positive supports in an amount not to exceed $2,581,566 for period February 25, 2014 through June 30, 2015, that had been reviewed and approved by County Counsel as to form and legality.

On January 27, 2015 the Board approved the First Amendment to the Agreement with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation relating to the Parolee Reentry Services Program at the Santa Clara County Reentry Resource Center (RRC).

 

CONSEQUENCES OF NEGATIVE ACTION

Failure to approve the recommended actions may impact the County’s ability to receive funding for parolees accessing County services, specifically at the RRC. 

 

STEPS FOLLOWING APPROVAL

The Clerk of the Board of Supervisors is requested to forward Minute Summary of the approval and three executed originals of the Agreement to Javier Aguirre, Office of Reentry Services, to comply with the State requirements.

Meeting History

Jun 7, 2016 9:00 AM Video Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting
RESULT:APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Cindy Chavez, Supervisor
SECONDER:Ken Yeager, Supervisor
AYES:Mike Wasserman, Cindy Chavez, Dave Cortese, Ken Yeager, S. Joseph Simitian